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Teamvantage Micro Molding Expertise

Micro-molding part examples at TeamvantageAs the demand in the medical, electronic and industrial markets grows for micro/small size shot applications, Teamvantage is there with parts and molded components to meet your most demanding tolerances.

Micro parts can be smaller than a pinhead and weigh less than a fraction of a gram. Because of their size, these tiny parts require precise and accurate processes every step of the way—from design and material selection through the injection molding process. Teamvantage has the experience, the technology and the facilities to ensure that we can provide the right solution for even your tiniest part.

Micro molding part example at Teamvantage

Minimum Size:

  • 0.020 in x 0.020 in x 0.020 in
  • 0.5 mm x 0.5 mm x 0.5 mm
  • Possibly smaller based on your application
  • Gate diameters as low as 0.002″ (0.05mm)
  • Core pins of 0.0027″ (0.068mm) diameter
  • Wall thickness as low as 0.0015″ (0.04mm)
  • Cavity and Core TIR less than 0.0001″ (0.003mm)

 

 

The Process Makes the Difference

When it comes to micro molding, some of the key elements to creating successful parts include:

  • Small shot size
  • Quick response – acceleration and deceleration
  • High speed
  • High injection pressure

Sodick V-Line SPT molding pressThat’s why Teamvantage prefers the Sodick Plustech V-Line plunger system rather than the conventional reciprocating screw for micro molding. The V-Line plunger system separates the melting of the resin from the injection by using a screw and a plunger.

The V-Line plunger gives you:

  • More consistency
  • Quicker response
  • Very high-speed capabilities

The more typical reciprocating screw molding machine uses a screw to melt, transport, and inject the resin. In order to handle all three of these processes with one system, a check ring is required. At the micro-part level check rings introduce inconsistency in the injection molding process. Once melted resin is moved to the front of the screw and it begins to move forward to inject the resin into the cavity, the check ring must slide in order to shut off. While it is sliding, material is back flowing—which creates inconsistency. This system is just not accurate enough for micro-molded parts.

Conversely, the plunger on the Sodick system is much lighter than a reciprocating screw, which reduces the mass and improves the response. The linear motor driven servo valve provides very high speed capabilities. It has a max speed of 450 mm/sec and max injection pressure of 41,730 psi.

Step response of various systems:

Sodick Linear Motor Drive 2-3 mm/sec
Electric motor with ball screw drive 15-20 mm/sec
Electric motor with pulley & belt 30-40 mm/sec
Conventional Servo Valve 25-30 mm/sec

With Teamvantage you get unparalleled consistency plus superior control and high-speed capabilities. All of these factors result in the delivery of repeatable, ultra-high quality micro-molded components.

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